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GRreporter.info: Costas Simitis against Barroso (03 June 2009)
Few European statesmen from the left front announced themselves with a common declaration against a possible second mandate of the chairman of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. The former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the former Prime Ministers of France and Greece Lionel Jospin and Costas Simitis, the former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, Paavo Liponen from Finland, Franz Branitzki from Austria and the former Polish Prime Minister Alexander Kvashniewski summoned the Party of the European Socialists to present an alternative nomination to Barroso for the chairman's position. The initiative is of the former Portuguese Prime Minister and president Mário Soares. In their declaration the eight former statesmen point out that the European national party has already nominated someone for Barroso's position, who is believed to be a front-runner for a second mandate and call for PES to do the same.


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 3rd, 2009 at 03:52:25 PM EST
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Cool! So at least some of the PES elder statesmen have a little bit of strategic vision. Including predecessors of the current Iberian ones, it seems.

Franz Branitzki from Austria

Vranitzki...

European national party

Huh!? How does EPP translate into Greek?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jun 4th, 2009 at 05:41:48 AM EST
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In French,  Conflit de générations chez les socialistes européens - Elections européennes - Le Monde.fr
C'est Mario Soares, ancien président et premier ministre portugais, qui a piloté l'initiative afin de trouver, dans les rangs de la gauche, un candidat alternatif à son compatriote. L'appel a aussi été signé par Felipe Gonzalez, l'ancien chef du gouvernement espagnol, qui préside un groupe de réflexion sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Dans leur pays, les deux hommes prennent ainsi le contre-pied de leur successeur. Tony Blair n'a en revanche pas signé le texte. L'ancien premier ministre britannique, dont le nom circule pour prendre la présidence stable du Conseil européen en cas d'entrée en vigueur du traité de Lisbonne, n'a même pas été sollicité par M. Soares.

LOL.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jun 4th, 2009 at 08:42:59 AM EST
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